Who killed Toby? Play the 'Office' version of 'Clue' and find out

Posted on Thu Sep 17 2009


Michael Scott did it in the warehouse with a "World's Best Boss" mug. At least, that's how it might turn out if indeed the titular head of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton, Pa., branch killed his mild-mannered frenemy, Toby. But this is just a game, after all, and the murderer in the Office version of Clue has to be Dwight anyway. He's the shifty one with the hair-trigger temper and an unnatural attachment to his boss. Plus, he's a cat euthanizer! The whodunit board game, made by USAOPOLY via a Hasbro license and a deal with NBC Universal's consumer products division and the show's producer, Reveille, launched recently at Borders, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. It puts the paper-company employees of the Emmy-winning NBC comedy in the office on a Saturday—of course they're grumbling about overtime—to figure out who offed Toby, the head of human resources. (Toby's probably not really dead, by the way.) The timing's good—the new season of The Office premieres tonight—and what fan doesn't want to extend the experience by accusing Jim Halpert of doing it in the parking lot with a rabid bat?

—Posted by T.L. Stanley

Soon, playing board games will be the only thing you can afford

Posted on Fri Feb 13 2009


Those who have lost money in the stock market may be newly risk-averse, but Mattel and Hasbro are betting that those same people will be willing to roll the dice on … rolling the dice. Yes, in the latest sign that we are heading back to the 1930s, sales of board games rose 6 percent last year, according to the Toy Industry Association. That has prompted the industry's Big Two to introduce a raft of new low-tech games at next week's Toy Fair and to retool older games like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Candy Land. Hasbro even plans to promote a "family game night" to spur inter-generational fun. Neil Friedman, president of Mattel brands, tells Bloomberg: "When you get into this type of economy, where the consumer does not have the kind of spendable income that they had previously, they tend to do more things as a family. That tends to be games."

—Posted by Todd Wasserman



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